CBS does some Christmas shopping


A dog in need. A boy with a big heart. How could this not be a warm and fuzzy TV movie classic? Oh, did we mention that it’s also a Christmas story? If CBS can’t make this a watch-every-year holiday favorite, somebody has really screwed up.

“A Dog Named Christmas,” a new “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation has started production in Saskatchewan, Canada, CBS announced. No date has yet been set for airing. (Might we guess some December?)

The made for TV movie stars Bruce Greenwood, Noel Fisher and Linda Emond. The holiday movie tells the tale of a developmentally challenged young man, with a penchant for caring for animals in need, who sets out to convince his family — and their whole rural community — to participate in a local shelter’s inaugural “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.”

“A Dog Named Christmas” is a Hallmark Hall of Fame production.  Brent Shields is executive producer; Peter Werner is the director; Jenny Wingfield wrote the script based on the novel by Greg Kincaid.